Trzecie seminarium Pracowni Dobra Wspólnego

On May 30 and 31, over 30 alumni of PAFF Local Partnerships program - members of the Common Good Lab met at a seminar in Warsaw. The motto of the seminar was Ideas and Solutions Serving the Common Good.

Razem możemy więcej, czyli co słychać w Lokalnych Partnerstwach PAFW
Together we can do more, or what’s new in PAFF Local Partnerships?

For several months eight PAFF Local Partnerships in twelve municipalities and rural communities all over Poland have been working to improve their neighborhoods. There is no need to look for problems and their reasons – the organizations that have established partnerships work together to build common good that will improve the quality of life and make friendly space. Their projects have just crossed the half-way point, and the results are really impressive.

Gmina Wielka Wieś gospodarzem warsztatów Programu „Lokalne Partnerstwa PAFW”
Wielka Wieś Rural Commune Hosted the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program Workshops

The fall series of the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program workshops closed on November 8 with the meeting of representatives of three partnerships from Wielka Wieś, Złotoryja, Myślenice and Dobczyce communes. During the meeting the participants learned how to build partner cooperation based on effective communication.

The purpose of the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program is to initiate and develop cooperation among the beneficiaries of various PAFF programs promoting the creation of partnerships around the implementation of social projects important to local communities. The program uses the method of animating local communities and bringing them together around the idea of the common good, which is defined on the basis of a previously conducted social diagnosis.


Thanks to PAFF’s broad and diversified program offer, in many local communities in Poland projects have been carried out which create opportunities to unleash new civic energy. The “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program offers an opportunity to create partnership projects utilizing this potential in work benefiting their local communities, helping to better consolidate local social capital through building synergies between the experiences gained and results achieved as part of various initiatives. In the communes where PAFF programs have been implemented local partnerships emerge comprising beneficiaries of PAFF programs – who form the Initiative Group as the core of the coalition. They are then joined by local-governments, NGOs, institutions, firms and the local media that have not taken part in the Foundation's programs in the past. Starting from the program’s fourth edition, the partnerships may also be led by organizations taking part in one of the following programs: “English Teaching,” “Equal Opportunities,” “The Learning Schools,” “PAFF Leaders”, Library Development Program, and “Region in Transition” (RITA). Numerous local residents and volunteers are engaged in the implementation of the program.


Within the program’s first three editions (in the years 2009-2013) grants were awarded for initiatives submitted by 22 partnerships. They were implemented in 49 communes in various regions of Poland with the participation of more than 330 partners. The results of the projects include a change of legal regulations in order to reduce air pollution in Żywiec, setting up the first Internet youth radio in Nidzica and local internet civic TV in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, as well as upgrading a public park in Biłgoraj and building a common space open to all.


Under the fourth edition of the program, completed in December 2015, projects implemented by eight partnerships operating in 24 communes were supported. Partner cooperation made it possible to create a district voluntary center in Dębica, reconstruction group in Stoczek Łukowski, cultural-civic stops in Ełk and youth village councils in Staszów. In Strachówka the Cyprian Norwid family history was restored, in Supraśl a series of civil café meetings was held, during which the residents designed the common space development plan, in Barycza Valley the local community managed to promote carp as the local product, while in Trzciel a tradition to hold the village fair was revived. Thanks to additional support from PAFF, the partnerships continue their activities and work on the strategy to embed their project results and make them self-sufficient.


In the 5th edition of the program, that started in 2016, 8 partnerships operating in the area of 12 communes have been established. The projects carried out include the creation of an apple trail in Warka, a network of youth-friendly places in Podkarpacie Region, Volcano Activity Center in Złotoryja and the Youth Forrest Guard in Niemce.


So far in all editions of the program a total of 38 partnerships have been established which cover 85 communes, with nearly 500 partners involved.


The program also popularizes a method of animating local communities, developed in cooperation with experts of the Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” Foundation and then presented in the publication “How to build the common good? A Guide for those who act locally”. In 2015 the publication titled “How to build local partnerships” was issued, presenting expert materials dealing with problems important to building coalitions and working on their sustainability. They are all exemplified with projects implemented under the program. Regular regional meetings, workshops and an e-bulletin of the program co-created by members of the partnerships help to enhance the sustainability of the partnerships and enable the sharing of experience.


Partnerships set up in the first three program editions take part in the alumni initiative, called the “Common Good Lab”. The Lab aims to popularize the cooperation of local communities working for the common good, promoting methods of animating local communities and enhancing the sustainability of existing partnerships. The initiative offers access to resources such as publications, films, workshop scenarios, civic games, experts’ support, participation in study tours and meetings enabling the sharing of best practices as well as the possibility to receive a mini-grant for the implementation of educational and training projects. 27 grants have been distributed so far to help develop tools required for local community animation, such as outdoor games, Internet quizzes, public campaigns, training scenarios, and workshops. Additionally, in the years 2013-2015, three alumni meetings were held.

The Foundation has disbursed $2,104,806, including $348,728 for the current edition of the program.


Program Manager:
The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
ul. Marszałkowska 6/6, 00-590 Warszawa
tel. (22) 622-01-22, fax (22) 622-02-11
Program Web site:  


Responsible within PAFF: 
Joanna Lempart-Winnicka (Program Director)
supported by Kalina Grzeszuk-Zajączkowska (Program Coordinator)